Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices

Friday, January 20, 2023 / 27 Tevet 5783

Participating in Beth Emet, whether it’s a program, service, or even a conversation in our lobby, makes me a better person. This past weekend I had the privilege to experience what really makes our community so special. Our annual MLK Kabbalat Shabbat service was both spiritual and uplifting in every way. From the singing with members of the Second Baptist Choir, to hearing the inspiring words of Robin Rue Simmons, Rabbi London, and our very own Matt Feldman about the ongoing Evanston reparations programs, to recalling the wise words of Dr. King, who spoke at Beth Emet on the very same date in 1958, we raised the spiritual roof. Saturday evening we danced, ate, drank and celebrated Beth Emet at our first of two Mitzvah Appeal programs, and I was honored to host in my building on Randolph Street. Sunday, I enjoyed hanging out in the Beth Emet “Living Room,” engaging with parents and teachers. Sunday afternoon I attended the Interfaith Service at the Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, and I was moved by the power of bringing our local interfaith communities together. As they say, “we are all better together.” 

Our annual Mitzvah Appeal campaign and your generous support is what makes all this happen. The campaign is not just about supporting our bricks and mortar, it’s about dreaming and making our congregation and each of us the best that we can be.  


This campaign is critical to the financial health of our synagogue as these generous gifts comprise more than 10% of our annual operating budget. Not unlike Joseph’s forward-thinking approach to solving for the famine in Egypt, your generosity allows our community to be prepared for the future so we can continue to be a vibrant Jewish community offering many doors in which we can engage, learn, and grow together. This past weekend is just one example of what Beth Emet has to offer. 

For those who have already given, we say thank you. For those who have yet to give, we are excited to announce that an incentive matching pool has been created through the generosity of several of our past lay leaders to encourage each of you, each of our members, to contribute so we can reach our goal of $280,000. We are 75% there, but we need everyone to participate so we can be successful together. Each dollar increase over last year’s pledge or any new pledge will be matched dollar for dollar. No matter the size of the gift, every gift counts.  


We have one more event to go on Sunday, January 29th at 9:45 am with US Representative and Beth Emet’s own Jan Schakowsky. If you have not yet registered and/or pledged, you can do so online. And a special thank you to the talented Mitzvah Appeal Committee (Paul Isaacson, Elaine Lev, Michael Orenstein, Michelle Oxman, Marti Netler and Bekki Kaplan).

I look forward to seeing you at Beth Emet, and thank you in advance for your generosity and all that you do to make Beth Emet our home.

Shabbat Shalom,

Lee Weintraub

Board President

Worship Schedule

Friday, January 20

6:00 pm

Oneg Shabbat


A great way to welcome Shabbat is with a little nosh and connecting with new and old friends. We will gather in the lobby for a light reception and light candles together in the lobby at 6:25 pm. For those who will be joining us online, we invite you to light candles before services. Look forward to seeing you on Friday.

6:00 pm

Kindergarten Families Shabbat Service and Dinner


This is a formal part of our curriculum so that our families can celebrate Shabbat as a community in Beth Emet.

6:30 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

LiveControl Link

To listen to the service dial 847-869-4230 and press 7

Correction To Tuesday's EmetMail- Mitzvah Appeal Remarks

We apologize that the link to Judy Aronson's speech from Saturday's Mitzvah Appeal event was truncated. You can find the updated link here. We remain grateful to Judy and Marc Hilton for sharing why Beth Emet is so important to the generations of the Aronson and Hilton families.

LifeCycle Notices

Want to receive lifecycle notices for all births, weddings & death announcements?  

You can sign up for the mailing list through MyBethEmet (our member portal) on your individual page or contact Miriam.

Consider making a donation to Beth Emet in honor, or in memory, of a friend or a loved one. You can do so online or contact the office. Families will be notified of your contribution.

Saturday, January 21

9:30 am

Kahal Shabbat Morning Service

In-Person and Virtual (fusion worship)

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799 | Meeting ID: 833 6362 0227 | Passcode: 1224

This Shabbat we will be reading:


Torah: Exodus 6:2-7:7,

p. 382, Follow Along Here

Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21,

p. 401, Follow Along Here

Not receiving Kahal email updates? Contact Miriam in our office who can add your email address to the Kahal Google Group.

Sunday, January 22

9:00 am

Sunday Morning Minyan

In-Person and Virtual on Zoom

Zoom Link

Ph: 312-626-6799- Meeting ID: 834 4048 4441 | Passcode: 1224

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Worship Support

To access worship services virtually, please check the latest info/links on the online calendar. Kabbalat Shabbat services are also posted on Facebook Live and the livestream will include virtual t’filah to follow along with the service.